Is the glass half empty or half full? Are you looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? We’ve all heard these sayings, and we’ve all felt the distinct difference between viewing life with a positive perspective and viewing it with a negative one.
Our mindsets matter because what we look for is what we’ll find. When it comes to facing life’s challenges—because we all encounter them—we have the opportunity to reframe them and come to appreciate how difficult times help us build strength and resilience. We can start to train our minds to view challenges in a more positive light by first reflecting on our lives, identifying those tough times, and understanding how they’ve shaped us and made us stronger.
Examining past challenges allowed Sharon L., a Fit Within Foundational Growth program participant, to gain a deeper understanding of herself and her purpose.
"By looking closely at previous experiences, I was able to determine which had minimal impact on my current life and which ones were still affecting me”- Sharon, L.
“From there, I was able to remove the power of those that no longer served me well and embrace those that allowed for continued growth and above-the-line living. I now have the confidence to realize my strengths, my relevance and the power that resides WITHIN me for whatever my journey brings."
In every challenge—and in the time that follows—we build strength and resilience. We don’t have the power to change the past, but we do have the power to find the positive within the past and use it to create a greater impact today.
To examine a challenge in your life, take some time to reflect on these key questions:
What are you learning? How are you growing?
Look for the growth that comes from difficulty. Identify new knowledge you’ve gained, relationships you’ve built, or personal growth you’ve experienced. You’re moving forward despite this challenge, which means you’re strong and you’re resilient. Open your eyes to those positive outcomes.
How does this challenge reinforce what you are grateful for in your life?
You may not feel grateful for the challenge itself, but it’s possible to find gratitude for what it’s given you or what it’s shown you. Also, look at everything else in your life—the big things and the little things—and feel appreciation for those, as they help support you during tough times.
What boundaries will you put in place in your life to avoid future challenges and allow yourself to grow?
With the lessons you’ve learned and strength you’ve built, consider whether there are ways you can adjust your mindset or actions to prevent future challenges. Sometimes life events are out of your control, but other times, you can make changes that move you toward a life of growth, positivity, and purpose.
Discover your strength and resilience today:
- Use the questions above to examine a challenge in your past. How has this challenge made you stronger and more resilient?
- Write down a list of things you’re grateful for. Focus on the positive in your life, no matter what the circumstances.
- Think about one way you can live out your purpose today—and then do it! Living with purpose requires strength and resilience. Tap into those and challenge yourself to grow further.
If you want to reframe challenges as opportunities for growth and find your inner strength, enroll in Fit Within’s Foundational Growth program. You’ll go deeper with this series of inspiring videos, insightful exercises, and impactful action steps that help reveal your talents and spark your purpose. Sign up today and discover the power of a positive mindset!